Wednesday, February 27, 2008

An Epicureans Delight

A few days ago, I was talking to a friend who lives in the western Chicago suburbs. As we do every year at this time, we conversed about our favorite baseball team; The Chicago Cubs. Basically, we have the same conversation every late February; just the names of the players are changed. We both tend to over analyze the team and we are both hopeless optimists.

The highlight of our conversation was not concerning the Cubs, but instead the Chicago Hot Dog. He had gone to one of our favorite Hog Dog emporiums for lunch on Sunday. He was appalled by the behavior of the customer in front of him. The man asked for Catsup on his hot dog. The young employee, behind the counter, told the man that they didn’t have Catsup. The man then became indignant and told the employee where he could put the hot dog. Nasty words were exchanged.

My friend, who is well known for his lack of tolerance, jumped in and said “get the “xxxx” out of here and go back to Detroit". I guess that they serve hot dogs with Catsup in Detroit.

If you have never had a Chicago Hot Dog, you have no idea what I am writing about.

The classic Chicago Hot Dog uses a Vienna Beef Frank (2oz) which is steamed and served on a poppy seed bun which is also steamed. The condiments are mustard, a bright green pickle relish (picklelilly), chopped onions, tomato wedges, a slice of dill pickle or cucumber, a dash of celery salt and optional hot (Sport) peppers. The dog is usually served with French Fries. It’s wrapped in white paper (fries included) and served in a brown bag.

Please note that there is no mention of Catsup, Chili or sauerkraut!

The better Hot Dog Emporiums do not keep Catsup on the premises.

Last night I was drooling while thinking about a Chicago Hot Dog. We have a Chicago style food carry-out less than a mile away. I sent my daughter to fetch one. It was good, but just not the same as eating one in Chicago.

The Beach Bum

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Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

I think Royko conceded that children could have ketchup (or catsup) on their hot dogs.

Personally, I prefer a beef 'samich' to a hot dog any day.... maybe a combo (beef and Italian sausage)... but, I know this will upset you: No peppers.

Wed Feb 27, 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger TroyBoy said...

I am in love with Chicago for many reasons and their dawgs are near the top of the list - right below the Cubs...'course having a dawg while watching the game from the bleachers, what could be better?

I found you via Second Effort and hope you don't mind that I dropped by.

By the way, there is a good Chicago style sit-in eatery in Ft. Lauderdale. I can't recall the name but it is on Hallandale Blvd. and is just east of 95 on the north side of the street.

Thu Feb 28, 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ain't from Chicago but YOU still don't put catsup on HOT DOGS here in Texas.....

Lots of mustard, hot, honey or whatever but CATSUP....

You should put forth the idea of us going over to Chicago for the day during the reunion and going t a cubs game and eatin a hotdog at one of your joints??


Thu Feb 28, 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Duke Zazz,
Glad you found a topic to tantalize the taste buds with. I'll be sure to get one of those hot dogs when I visit my son & daughter this summer. Are they served at Cubs games? Probably not, hey?
peace friend,

Fri Feb 29, 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard Feder of Ft. Lee Sez:

Am I wrong, or is the heathen, un-Christian folk among us that put catsup on practically anything? If you peruse the Bible, you will not find any mention of catsup. Bread, yes. Meat, of course. Vinegar, you bet! Herbs and spices, to numerous to mention.

And that is why those of us who are godly by nature will have naught but mustard on our hot dogs and malt vinegar on our fries.

Sun Mar 02, 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about celery salt? A good weiner with celery salt is better than having to give your fries a doush.

Sat Mar 15, 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reading that exciting Hot Dog Blog, I had to get a taste of a tube steak. Oscar Mayer is my choice,boiled and split, or on a rotiserie ousing the grease like a festering sore. Then wipe the dog, place on a nice roll and chomp down. No ketchup, just horseradish,mustard,onion.

Tue Mar 25, 09:00:00 AM  
Blogger alfredo_tomato said...

A good salsa will make even the worst doggie taste good. It is a good compromise for the catsup or relish crowd.

I think I've found the beer for Zazz

Mon Apr 14, 10:52:00 AM  
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